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Welcome to the Scottsdale Smile Center Blog. Below are various blog entries written by Dr. Jonathan Coombs, Dr. Brandon Ryff, Dr. Don Chiappetti, and other members of our dental team discussing the latest news and advancements in the field of dentistry. Click on each link to read more.

Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

Brightening the shade of your teeth can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers procedures can effectively lighten the shade of your teeth and eliminate stains for a more vibrant, radiant smile. At Scottsdale Smile Center, our bleaching and teeth whitening treatments involve the use of fitted trays and a professional grade whitening gel that you can wear as you sleep. Most patients see significant results in just two to four weeks. As an added benefit, teeth whitening can be one of the most cost-effective…

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How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?

When properly cared for, high-quality porcelain veneers can last decades. While many dental veneers are made from a durable porcelain material, there are a number of additional factors that can influence the lifespan of your veneers, including: Type of veneer Quality of the laboratory in which the veneer is made Skill of the ceramist Bonding method Skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist Patients who are prone to clenching or grinding their teeth may consider wearing a night guard to help protect the veneers while they sleep. In addition, routine brushing and flossing as well as twice-yearly professional teeth cleanings…

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When Should I Consider Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can conceal a wide range of common cosmetic concerns pertaining to one’s smile. If you have stains, tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, or broken teeth, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti can cover these perceived imperfections with thin layers of durable porcelain for results that both look and feel natural. In some cases, porcelain veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of mild tooth misalignment. Prospective patients with severely damaged and/or misaligned teeth may not be ideal candidates for porcelain veneers. Additionally, those who have minor staining and discoloration may be better suited for something…

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How Does Invisalign® Work?

The nearly invisible teeth straightening system known as Invisalign® can be an excellent option for many teens and adults seeking a discreet, more comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. So how does this innovative orthodontic system work? Following an evaluation to determine if Invisalign® is right for you, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti – our experienced dentists – will design a series of customized, removable aligners that work to gently shift your teeth into the desired position over the course of the treatment process.   Once fabricated, you will need to wear each Invisalign® aligner approximately 20-22 hours…

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Will Invisalign® Work for Me?

Invisalign® can often be a great option for individuals who are interested in conveniently, comfortably, and discreetly straightening their teeth. This innovative alternative to traditional metal braces involves a customized series of clear aligners designed to gradually shift misaligned teeth into a more desirable position. As an added benefit, each aligner is removable, enabling patients to easily take them out for eating, drinking, oral hygiene, and other daily necessities. In general, people who are considered good candidates for Invisalign® have one or more of the following concerns: Gaps between the teeth Overly crowded teeth An overbite or underbite A crossbite…

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Can I Afford Invisalign®?

Are you interested in discreetly straightening your teeth with Invisalign® but worried that treatment might be too expensive? We may have some good news. First and foremost, many patients find that the overall cost of Invisalign® is actually less than that of traditional metal braces and various other tooth alignment techniques due to the relatively shorter length of time often needed for treatment. This, however, will ultimately be dependant upon the degree of straightening you need to effectively achieve your smile goals. Secondly, many dental practices offer a number of options for patients wishing and/or needing to cover the expense…

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How Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?

As we sleep, our tongue and the muscles in our throat tend to become very relaxed. In certain individuals, the tongue can become so relaxed that it drops back into the airway, sometimes creating too narrow of a breathing passage and blocking proper airflow. This can lead to loud snoring and/or pauses in breathing that may last 10 seconds or more, both of which are commonly attributed to sleep apnea – a condition that can result in a number of serious health risks if left unmanaged. Thankfully, there are a variety of options that can be used to care for…

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What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition often characterized by breathing pauses and loud snoring during sleep. In addition to these two symptoms, other signs of sleep apnea can include feeling short of breath after waking suddenly, gasping and/or snoring while asleep, unexplained fatigue throughout the day, and more. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to several health risks, such as: Chronic tiredness Morning headaches Gastric reflux High blood pressure Diabetes Memory loss Heart disease Cardiac death Due to the potential seriousness of these health concerns, it is imperative that you consult a medical professional if you believe you…

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What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Are you or a loved one losing sleep at night and wondering if sleep apnea may be the cause? This relatively common, yet potentially serious condition is experienced by many individuals worldwide, and, if left untreated, it can lead to a number of significant health concerns. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include: Loud, habitual snoring Pauses in breathing while asleep Waking up suddenly and feeling short of breath Snorting and/or gasping for air while sleeping Fatigue throughout the day, regardless of how much sleep you get Additional, often secondary signs of sleep apnea may include: Having…

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What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry is a technique that can often be employed to help individuals suffering from dental anxieties receive the oral care they need. At our practice, Dr. Chiappetti and Dr. Coombs utilize oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide, each of which can help patients remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the entirety of their treatment. Depending on the specific sedation method used, there are some potential side effects that may be experienced, though these symptoms should dissipate relatively quickly and have no long-term impact on the health of the individual. For patients who…

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